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November 20, 2013

Rose-Hulman’s Sokol named HCAC Coach of the Year

TERRE HAUTE — Rose-Hulman’s Jeff Sokol was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Football Coach of the Year and 13 Engineers earned all-league recognition for their efforts during the 2013 season.

First-team all-conference honorees included offensive guard Kie Bates, senior defensive tackle Dean Griffing, senior quarterback Ryan Landwehr and junior center Eric Taylor.

Second-team award winners included senior kicker Matt Angel, junior tight end Zac Erba, senior running back Danya Francis, freshman cornerback Kevin Nowak and senior punter Eric Schaible.

Four Engineers received honorable-mention all-conference accolades. Honorees included senior wide receiver Connor Gerhart, senior defensive lineman D.J. Lawson, senior linebacker Cody Rivers and senior linebacker Craig Voges.

Sokol earned his first HCAC Coach of the Year Award after leading the Engineers to a share of their first conference championship since 1988. The third-year Rose coach led the team to a 7-1 conference record and a 7-3 overall mark to match the program’s best football record since 1988.

Sokol’s coaching staff includes offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator Brian White, defensive coordinator Brian Vaughn, running backs coach Nick Davis, linebackers coach Ben Olson, wide receivers coach Chris Scheidt and defensive line coach Dominique Ware.

Bates completed his fourth year as a starter on the offensive line, earning honorable-mention all-league accolades last season and serving as a team captain this season. His blocks over 10 starts allowed Kyle Kovach to become the all-time leading rusher in 2012 and helped Ryan Landwehr set a school record for total offense in 2013.

Senior Mark Fitz also was honored as Rose’s representative to the all-conference sportsmanship team.

Rose-Hulman opens the 2014 season Sept. 6 at Kalamazoo College.


• Dahl inks four for Sycamores
— A member of the two-time IHSAA Class 4A state champion Avon team, an AAU All-American from Ohio, a member of the Division II Ohio state champion Padua Franciscan Bruins and an all-conference performer from Saint Louis have signed national letter-of-intents to compete for Indiana State, ISU coach Traci Dahl said.

“This year’s class is probably one of the most talented classes we have had here in my tenure at Indiana State,” Dahl said. “I am so thrilled to have each and every one of these young ladies join the Sycamore family. All of them possess tremendous character and athletic ability and they are excelling at a high level in the classroom and on the court.”

Rachel Griffin led the Avon Orioles to their second straight 4A state championship with 34 assists and 17 digs in a four-game win over Carmel (1-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-18). It was Avon’s second straight state championship (defeating Carmel for the 2012 title in five games) and their third straight state final appearance.

Griffin received the Mental Attitude Award, presented by the IHSAA Executive Committee, following the 2013 championship. The Avon senior was recently named an Indiana All-State after being named to a Second Team All-State selection this year and also picking up her second straight All-Conference honor. As a junior, Griffin was named to the 2012 Junior All-Star Team (Indiana South) and the 2012 Indy Star Super Team. She also was named to the 2011 All-Tournament team.

Stephanie Bindernagel was a four-year starting defensive specialist at Kenston High School and also was a member of the Academy Volleyball Cleveland team that finished second at the AAU national championships and the USA volleyball national championship in 2013.

Bindernagel was named the Defensive Player of the Year all four years at Kenston while also being named First-Team All-Chagrin Valley Conference and First-Team All-District as a junior and senior. The head captain of the Bombers concluded her senior campaign with 5.54 digs per game, 12 service aces, 338 digs and 60 set assists in 61 games played.

Sarah Peterson was a key to the Padua Franciscan High School team winning the 2013 Division II Ohio state championship this season as the Bruins defeated Ketering Archbishop 23-25, 25-12, 25-21, 25-21.  Peterson had 17 kills and seven digs in the match. She also was a teammate of Bindernagel’s on the Academy Volleyball Cleveland team that finished second at the AAU national championships and the USA Volleyball national Championships in 2013.

Danielle Waedekin has played a variety of positions as a four-year starter for the Parkway North High School Vikings. She also has been instrumental in the H2 Saint Louis volleyball club advancing to AAU and USAV national championships for the past three seasons.

Auto racing

• Clauson wins two
— At Peoria, Ariz., Bryan Clauson was a double winner in U.S. Auto Club midget racing Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park.

Clauson won the dash and led the last lap to win the 30-lap feature. Darren Hagen led four laps and took second while Christopher Bell led 25 laps and finished third.

 Bell has a 117-point lead in the midget point totals over Clauson going into racing later in the month.


Saturday’s results

Heat winners — Tyler Thomas, Mike Spencer, Bryan Clauson (dash), Chris Windom (semi).

Feature — Clauson, Darren Hagen, Christopher Bell, Tracy Hines, Dave Darland, Brad Kuhn, Thomas, Spencer, Ronnie Gardner, Andrew Felker, Tanner Thorson, Windom, Caleb Armstrong, Jake Swanson, Jerry Coons Jr.

USAC midget point leaders — Bell 1,088, Clauson 971, Hagen 908, Hines 889, Rico Abreu 834.

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Local product: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods first baseman Sarah Burnham takes a throw to her position at first base in the Pomeroy�s win over Rose-Hulman Wednesday.

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  • Sycamores dig down to beat Canisius, avoid sweep

    Indiana State took control late in the game and avoided being swept in a weekend college baseball series for the first time this season as it defeated Canisius 8-4 Sunday.

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  • Metro roundup: Odum named to all-tourney team

    Indiana State’s Jake Odum was named to the all-tournament team at the conclusion of the Portsmouth Invitational late Saturday night.

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  • UK_Mizzou_4-11-14_27_cw.JPG Immense power: A leaner A.J. Reed making play as elite prospect

    Reed took his talents to Kentucky and the Southeastern Conference in 2011 and hasn’t looked back in the baseball sense. After a standout career at Terre Haute South — he was Indiana’s Player of the Year in 2011 — area fans had an idea of the wind Kentucky was sowing when it coaxed Reed to Lexington, Ky.

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT041914track porter.jpg Terre Haute track and field athletes shine at Patriot Invitational

    The Terre Haute North and Brown County girls and boys came out winners Saturday in the Patriot Invitational Track and Field Meet at Terre Haute North High School.

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • Metro roundup: Reed connects for 15th home run on four-hit day

    Terre Haute’s A.J. Reed and Kentucky baseball teammate Max Kuhn each had four hits and a home run to lead the No. 19-ranked Wildcats to a series-clinching 11-4 win at Southeastern Conference foe Texas A&M on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in front of 5,311 fans at Blue Bell Park.
    Kentucky (26-13, 9-8 SEC) clinched the series victory at Texas A&M with the win, a day after posting a 6-3 victory in the opener Friday night.

    April 19, 2014

  • Prep roundup: North girls tennis beats ranked teams

    Terre Haute North knocked off two state-ranked teams — No. 12 Fort Wayne Canterbury and No. 13 Delta — on its way to capturing the Delta Invitational championship for girls high school tennis Saturday.

    April 19, 2014

  • ISU baseball drops second straight

    Indiana State’s baseball team rallied late in the game but could not get in front as the Canisius Golden Griffins held off the Sycamores 5-4 Saturday.
    ISU (24-12) will look to avoid being swept for the first time this season at noon EDT today when it plays the series finale against Canisius (22-13).

    April 19, 2014

  • Redneck Quaker: A young lady of the outdoors

    Where do I start to tell you about this 10-year-old outdoor lady? Let’s start with her own words from a nice letter she wrote.

    “My name is Lilly Hutchison and this year when I was nine and again hunting with my Papaw, Mike Burch, we got up way before daylight on opening morning of youth deer season. I was watching a 6-pointer for several minutes until a larger buck appeared and chased him off, but not giving me a shot at him. Papaw and I were preparing a place for our evening hunt when a couple of does came across the field right to us. I carefully placed my shot and she ran around 8 yards. That evening, we decided to go to our neighbors’ woods. On the way in, we saw a large buck watering in one of the few puddles in the creek. Papaw said we would wait nearby to see if he would come back. To our amazement, he did! I was fortunate to take this 10-pointer, 250-pound buck. I have had many great hunts with Papaw.”

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  • METRO ROUNDUP: Waltman's funeral Saturday at Indianapolis

    Royce Waltman’s visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Methodist Church at 100 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis.

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  • METRO ROUNDUP: Burnham leads Woods softball to wins

    After dropping a pair of games to Missouri Baptist on Wednesday, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods beat Lindenwood-Belleville 9-7 and 1-0, both games in eight innings, on Thursday afternoon.
    Sarah Burnham’s seventh-inning homer in the first game tied the score 4-4, and the Pomeroys took a 5-4 lead later in the inning on an RBI double by Brooke Jordan before the Lynx tied the score in the bottom of the inning.

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  • METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball splits pair in Florida

    Pitching dominated Tuesday’s opening day of play in the Rebel Spring Games for the Indiana State softball team, which defeated Bucknell 2-0 before falling 2-0 to Creighton.
    “The girls did a great job in the first game getting a couple runs,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said. “We leaned on [sophomore] Yvette Alvarez who pitched really well. We probably got as much as we could out of her and probably should have changed earlier so put that on me. We have a couple little things we can clean up and get a little better and we will be ready to go tomorrow.”

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  • Tony Dungy, wife Lauren signing books today in Terre Haute

    Former NFL coach Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren, are at Sam’s Club in Terre Haute today, Feb. 12, signing books until about 1:30 p.m.

    February 12, 2014

  • Vigo County Jail Log: Feb. 7, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Thursday, based on jail records.

    February 7, 2014

High School

A.J. Reed The University of Kentucky baseball team falls to Missouri 8-7 on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

  • Immense power: A leaner A.J. Reed making play as elite prospect

    Reed took his talents to Kentucky and the Southeastern Conference in 2011 and hasn’t looked back in the baseball sense. After a standout career at Terre Haute South — he was Indiana’s Player of the Year in 2011 — area fans had an idea of the wind Kentucky was sowing when it coaxed Reed to Lexington, Ky.

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • METRO ROUNDUP: Odum shines in Portsmouth Invitational

    Former Indiana State guard Jake Odum had a productive first night at the Portsmouth Invitational late Thursday.
    The Terre Haute native scored 16 points, had six assists and three steals for the Portsmouth Partnership team in its 88-81 victory over Cherry Bekaert.

    April 19, 2014

  • ISU falls to Canisius in first of three-game road series

    The Indiana State baseball team fell behind early and never could get the lead as host Canisius posted a 3-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series Friday at Demske Sports Complex.
    The Sycamores (24-11) and Griffins (21-13) will meet again at 2 p.m. today, but the venue will switch to Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, N.Y. The same two teams also will play Sunday back at Demske Sports Complex in a noon start.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT041614 SMWC jordan.jpg Saint Mary-of-the-Woods sweeps doubleheader over Rose-Hulman

    Over the years, defeating its crosstown rival has not usually been easy for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods or Rose-Hulman when they’ve met in college softball.
    But on Wednesday afternoon at The Woods, the home team made its doubleheader sweep look easy to first-year coach Mark Feller with five-inning decisions of 10-0 and 11-1.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT 030714 ODUM 02O'LEARY.jpg Terre Haute North grad O'Leary to transfer from Loyola

    Matt O’Leary is one of three men's basketball players at Loyola recently granted a release from his scholarship from the Missouri Valley Conference school.
    The former Terre Haute North standout told the Tribune-Star he doesn’t yet know his next move.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

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